Normal sunny day in Siladen, a mirror-shaped ocean, light blue sky and the guests´faith on our guides and captains to spot dolphins. That´s why they joined our Dolphin Tour!
And then…something in the water, black, slim like a dolphin, but bigger, robust like a Killer whale, but smaller, for sure something different moving in the deep blue.WHALES!!
Hundreds of Globicephala Macrorynchus Gray!
From Latin´ Globus´ (= globe) and Greek ´Kephalos` (= head), ´Macro ( =large) and ´Rynchos´(= snout) these cetaceans are better known as Short-Fin Pilot Whale or ‘Cheetahs of the Deep’ for the high speed pursuits of giant squids at depths of hundreds of metres. ( The longest dive recorded is 15´range 610m).
It´s not only squids they feed on, but also octopuses and fishes, especially tunas.
Pilot whales use mysterious hunting techniques. In general, seems they do everything together in groups. They practically feed, rest, wander and breathe synchronically and while hunting they form parallel swimming lines till up to 4km, the so-called “Chorus Lines”, from the sound they emit.
The animals take several breaths before sounding and, like dolphins, it´s possible to hear them properly in the water when they are close.
The temptetion to go close to these marvellous cetaceans was too strong for our guest to content themself on observing from the boat only.
So we slided into the water, followed the sound of the famous “Chorus Line” and we were so lucky we could spent an amazing hour swimming in that crystalline ocean’s piece with them!
Family : Delphinidae
Length: 3.5 to 6.5m
Weight: 1- 1,4 t
Peculiary: bulbous head
Distribution: open and deep temperate to tropical oceans’ waters.